Before investing thousands of dollars in ultra-efficient heating and cooling equipment, take some basic steps toward reducing your energy usage.

The best way to cut home energy costs is the most obvious one: Dial down your thermostat, and get and use a programmable thermostat. Another very cost-effective step is to make sure your attic is well-insulated and seal up easy-to-fix leaks. Our article on home insulation will help get you started.